I LOVE MY PRO-GAY JESUIT
As an alumnus of Seattle University, I was overjoyed to read the article praising the wonderful Jesuits who teach at the college [Back to School, "The Cool Jesuits at Seattle U," Aug. 22]. In particular, I am glad that Father Sundborg was able to get praise for his pro-gay activism within the church. Father Sundborg is an incredible man who loves his job and looks out for all the students at SU. If only other Catholic priests could follow his lead.
State College, PA
DON'T PAY FOR LAZY BABIES
My name is Walter. My mom and I are Storm season-ticket holders. I read your article [Sports Guy, "Storm Troupers," Aug. 22] and I agree that without a doubt the Seattle Storm is the most exciting professional sports team in town. I have not even paid to go to a Sonics game in five years and will not pay unbearable prices to go see the lazy and overpaid babies of the NBA.
I also predicted before the WNBA season began this year—and I stay by my bet—that the Seattle Storm will make the WNBA finals before the Sonics ever make the NBA finals again. Maybe even before the Mariners make the World Series. Of course, the Seachickens—I mean Seahawks—will never make the Super Bowl! Also I agree that Sue Bird dishes the rock better than Gary Payton. Sue Bird is also younger than Payton, and Bird can score, and she's already won two NCAA championships and should be on [Team] U.S.A. in the next Olympics. Lauren Jackson plays the post like Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar used to. The Storm [players] also hustle more and are young and give more back to the fans.
People should save some of all that money spent going to the Sonics and go to more Storm games instead. Also in the NBA, the same team wins every year anyway. There's a long history of that happening. Go Storm!
I just have one suggestion for you to pass on to the Storm, which is to maybe make a trade to try and get the No. 1 or 2 pick in the 2003 WNBA draft to get Chantelle Anderson, the 6-foot-6 all-American player at Vanderbilt who is from Vancouver, Wash. She's the center we need who can score in the paint and rebound and stop Lisa Leslie and Margo Dydek and Michelle Snow and Tammy Sutton Brown and Yolanda Griffith and the rest of them. Go Storm!
Keep up your good work as well. Pass on my trade tip to Linn Dunn. Just don't trade Sue Bird or Lauren Jackson, of course.
Walter J. Lines Jr.
THAT KNOW-NOTHING CRITIC
Having read the recent "sexual innuendos" review of the hot shop at the Tacoma Glass Museum ["Is That a Rod in Your Pocket?" Aug. 22] and having been a glassblower for 35 years and being from Santa Fe, I really enjoy having someone write about glass who admits to knowing nothing about it rather than forcing us to assume that the critic has actually got some knowledge in the field.
At least he's honest. Perversely fixated, but honest.
Santa Fe, NM
WRONG WITH RADIO
I just wanted to applaud you for your radio column this week ["Radio, Then and Now," Aug. 15]. Geov Parrish has managed to articulate, and explain, all that is wrong with radio. U.S. radio is so bad, I have taken it upon myself to delve into overseas independent music to find the real culture of music again. I have found so many unbelievable bands overseas that I was moved enough to start my own Web site to promote independent (overseas) music. My slogan "promoting music that fills the void" is meant to directly reflect the lack of substance in U.S. radio . . . and I hope other Americans catch on.
Your article has lit enough of a spark for me . . . I think I will be attending the National Association of Broadcasters convention myself. On the outside [with protesters], of course!
LISTENERS' OWN DAMN FAULT
Geov Parrish's view that radio ownership is entirely responsible for what has happened to the industry falls short of reality ["Radio, Then and Now," Aug. 15].
As a former radio station owner and broadcaster, I can tell you radio can't do anything without listeners. If the listeners allow radio to be so irresponsible, then the listeners need to share the blame for the degradation of radio broadcasting.
Parrish reported that [alternative media activists] would picket the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Seattle next month. While I agree that broadcast deregulation has brought about incredible changes in radio (consolidation, delocalization, end of FCC-required news and public service for licensees), it has also made radio broadcasting more diversified. There were no Hispanic stations in Washington state when I began in radio 52 years ago. Today there are several. Also the formats are more varied. Years ago we had four basic music formats, now there are dozens.
Without centralized ownership, the technical advances made in the past 20 years would not have happened. (Digital broadcasting, radio station numbers have increased, and technical achievements that allow broadcasters to broadcast live from anywhere in the world with high-quality sound.)
Yes, Entercom owns eight stations in the market, but local owners also have several: Fisher Broadcasting (KVI-570, KOMO-1000, and KPLZ-101.5), Sandusky Broadcasting (KLSY-92.5, KRWM-106.9, KIXI-880, KKNW-1150, and KWJZ-98.9), and Chris Bennett Broadcasting (KRIZ-1420, KYIZ-1620, and KZIZ-1560).
If we wish to keep radio local, then we need to recognize and support those stations owned locally and their advertisers. If change is to be made, radio listeners need to unite and cast their vote by tuning in or tuning out.
STENEKER GOOD, NOT BAD
In reference to Philip Dawdy's article ["Bad Medicine"] in the Aug. 8 issue, I wish to speak up on behalf of Dr. Sjardo Steneker. Dr. Steneker has been our family doctor for some years, both when he worked at the Highline clinic here on the island and at his private practice.
We have found him to be an excellent doctor. He is conscientious and caring. He is an excellent diagnostician and has a rare ability to listen to and hear his patients. He has shown up in the middle of the night if necessary, and done so cheerfully. He delivered our granddaughter and did an excellent job—I know, because I was there. He was part of the team that cared for my husband during successful cancer treatment. He treated my teenage son after a motor vehicle accident.
I cannot speak to the charges made against him; I have seen no evidence or proof of them, and Mr. Dawdy's article was the first I heard of them. I do believe that Dr. Steneker left the Highline clinic abruptly, and that there may be people with axes to grind concerning him. Perhaps his greatest failing is wishing to practice medicine for the benefit of the patient before the benefit of a medical institution.
To pull his license would be a great loss to the practice of medicine in general, to his many patients in the Vashon Island community, and a personal loss to my family and me. If the Weekly continues to cover this story, I would hope for balanced and fair treatment for a good man and an excellent doctor.
Mary Litchfield Tuel
and Rick Tuel
WOODRING IS SO MAJOR
In our review of Jim Woodring ("Control Creep," Aug. 15), we stated that the artist "has not had any major gallery shows." In fact, Woodring is currently an artist-in-residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, where his work is on display. We apologize for the error.
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